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Rapmasters, Vol. 1: Best of the Jam

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Released during the late '80s and early '90s, the volumes in Priority's exhaustive Rapmasters series plugged a gap in the rap-compilation market. They offered a decent alternative for rap fans who were on a budget and unable to snap up each single as it became available. In addition to tying up a good amount of classics, a lot of the tracks included remain tough to find. Despite the fact that no volume is definitive (there are some clunkers), each one is bound to introduce the listener to a previously unheard gem or two. The first volume of the series, subtitled The Best of the Jam, includes Run-D.M.C.'s "Tougher Than Leather," Stetsasonic's "Sally," Big Lady K's "On a Mission," Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew's "Lovin' Every Minute of It," Kid 'n Play's "Gittin' Funky," and the Real Roxanne's "Respect."

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